Perth: rise in shoplifting and late night loitering during school holidays, say police

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CHILDREN have been using school holidays to allegedly shoplift and stay late into the night in the Perth CBD.

“They’ve been brazen, sometimes just walking into a shop and taking things off front shelves,” Senior Sergeant Craig Davis said.

On September 25, CCTV captured girls taking a $400 jacket and bags from David Jones department store in the Hay Street Mall.

It will be alleged a girl (14) took a $100 scarf from the store in a separate incident that day.

She has been charged with stealing and will appear at Perth Children’s Court at a later date.

Children have also been travelling to the CBD on trains and staying until after 9pm.

“There has been an influx of kids into the city, and so there’s been an increase in shoplifting and assaults,” Sgt Davis said.

About 50 children were taken home by police on the first Friday of the holidays because they breached the Child Welfare Act that imposes a 9pm curfew.

A group of about 100 children used trains to get the city after parties were shut down in south-eastern suburbs that weekend.

Sgt Davis said police were working with the Public Transport Authority to stop the children reaching Perth train station for the remainder of the school holidays.